David Francis Caygill -CNZM (born 15 November 1948) attended Christchurch Boys’ High School from 1962 to 1966.
Mr Caygill had three terms as a Christchurch City Councillor and six terms as a Member of Parliament where he held Ministerial portfolios in Trade and Industry, Health and Finance before reverting to the law as a partner in Buddle Findlay.
After being New Zealand's youngest city Councillor at 22 (in Christchurch), he was an MP from 1978 to 1996, representing the Labour Party. He served as Minister of Finance between 1988 and 1990.
Caygill was a Councillor of Christchurch City Council from 1971 to 1980. On 29 April 1974, he became the city's youngest ever acting Mayor for a period of five days.
Caygill was first elected to Parliament in the 1978 elections as MP for the Christchurch electorate of St Albans. He served for six terms. Caygill was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry, and Minister of National Development, on 26 July 1984. The Prime Minister at that time was David Lange.
After leaving politics, Caygill returned to his original occupation, law. For some time, he was a partner at Buddle Findlay, a prominent law firm. He also worked for a number of government bodies, and was chair of the Accident Compensation Corporation. He chaired a ministerial inquiry into the New Zealand electricity market in 2000, and was appointed chairman of the Electricity Commission in 2007. He is a board member of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. He is the chair of the Education New Zealand Trust.
Mr Caygill's governance experience includes Chair of the ACC Stocktake Group, Chair of the Education New Zealand Trust, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Official Statistics,
Associate Member of the Commerce Commission, Board member of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Trustee of the Electricity Commission.
More recently Mr Caygill has led the panel established to review the operation and effectiveness of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. In 2010, Caygill was appointed by the National Government as one of the commissioners at Environment Canterbury. He holds the role of deputy chair.